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Manchester United transfer news: Sergio Ramos to reject Real Madrid and consider Old Trafford

Sergio Ramos
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Real Madrid centre-back Sergio Ramos is considering joining Manchester United, according to reports.

The Spain international has been at the Santiago Bernabeu since 2005 but his time in the Spanish capital could be coming to an end.

Ramos is out of contract at the end of the season and talks over a new deal have stalled.

Madrid (opens in new tab) want to retain the club captain on reduced terms, but Ramos is holding out for a better offer.

He turned down a new two-and-a-half-year contract after los Blancos asked him to take a 10 percent pay cut.

United (opens in new tab) are said to be keeping tabs on the situation should the 34-year-old seek pastures new in the summer.

And according to the Sunday Mirror (opens in new tab), Ramos is ready to quit Madrid and seal a move to the Premier League.

PSG (opens in new tab) have also been linked with the experienced centre-back, but Ramos is not interested in a switch to Ligue 1.

His preference is to play in England, which leaves United at the front of the queue to sign him.

Ramos is free to sign a pre-contract agreement with rival clubs now that he is into the last six months of his Madrid contract.

Not many sides would be able to meet Ramos’ wage demands, with the defender expecting a deal worth more than £200,000 per week.

Sources close to the player have suggested that Liverpool (opens in new tab) and Manchester City (opens in new tab) are unlikely destinations.

Carlo Ancelotti managed Ramos at Madrid and may try and tempt him to Everton (opens in new tab), but United are favourites to win the race should the centre-back join a Premier League club.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to bolster his backline in the summer transfer market, and Ramos would bring significant experience to the United squad.

Solskjaer’s side were held to a 0-0 draw by Arsenal (opens in new tab) on Saturday, a result which leaves them three points adrift of top spot.

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